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D.E.B.S.
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10 years ago By: Scott Weinberg
D.E.B.S. order
Director:
Angela Robinson

Actors:
Sara Foster
Jordana Brewster
Meagan Good

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A mega-watt gang of sexy schoolgirl spy-gals must band together to thwart the (also smokin') mega-villain known as Lucy Diamond ... if lesbian love doesn't get in the way first!
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
At Sundance '03 my pals told me to sit down and watch this short film called D.E.B.S. that they'd borrowed from the press office. We watched the thing at least three times. Sexy, witty, fast-paced and pretty vibrant, this was one of the more entertaining short films we'd seen in quite some time.

Flash forward one year later; the same friends and I were bemused and curious to see that D.E.B.S. has now been transformed into a feature-length comedy. I remember thinking that the short film didn't really have enough "meat" on its bones to warrant a 90-minute treatment -- and I was right.

By no means a terrible movie, D.E.B.S. is simply a somewhat rambling and unfocused movie. It's light on action and espionage, the comedy material is fluffy and fun (although never really laugh-out-loud hysterical), and the thing runs out of steam well before the end credits show up.

But still, it's pretty darn cool to see a movie that tackles some "same-sex-romance" issues without leering, exploiting, or pandering. Although it's quite light and sexy, D.E.B.S. deals with its lesbian characters in a refreshingly matter-of-fact fashion.

Fans of spy thrillers, light rom-coms, and/or the homosexual sub-culture will most likely find something to enjoy here -- but it's tough to imagine the flick becoming any sort of "cult classic." It's not sexy or insightful enough for the target demographic , it's not action-heavy enough for the action-flick crowd, and it's more quietly clever than it is drop-dead funny. Certainly worthy of a rental if you're curious to see the movie, but don't expect anything too earth-shattering.

THE EXTRAS
Two separate audio commentaries kick off the special features: one with writer/director Angela Robinson, and one with leading ladies Sara Foster, Jordana Brewster, Jill Ritchie, and Meagan Good. The filmmaker track offers all sorts of D.E.B.S. information, from the genesis of the project and the short version to the stressful production and the eventual Sundance premiere. The D.E.B.S. track is a lot more entertaining than one might expect (I dare you to make it through a similar track found on the Coyote Ugly DVD) with the ladies digressing into silliness once in a while -- but mainly focusing on the movie and sharing a lot of trivial tidbits. Obviously, fans of the movie will have a good time with both of these yak-tracks.

Infiltrating D.E.B.S. is a 12-minute behind-the-scenes peek at the production of the film. The featurette offers a few glimpses of the earlier incarnations of D.E.B.S., from comic to almost-cartoon to short film -- to feature film. Several cast and crew members are on hand to share their thoughts on the project. Kudos to the DVD producers for not slapping together a flimsy little EPK featurette, as this piece actually has some solid info and insights.

There's also a 8.5-minute collection of deleted scenes that offers just a smidgen of extra sexiness between Ms. Foster and Ms. Brewster (among other excised sequences), a music video ("Into the Morning" by The Weekend), a 5-minute animatic of the film's opening "SAT montage," a production stills gallery, a peek at Robinson's early D.E.B.S. comic, and a handful of trailers for Man of the House, Hitch, The Brooke Ellison Story, Spanglish, and xXx: Director's Cut. (Neither the D.E.B.S. trailer, nor the original short version of the movie, are included here.)

FINAL DIAGNOSIS
A half-successful experiment that hoped to combine playful lesbian sexuality with a lighthearted espionage vibe, D.E.B.S. is certainly a pretty unique little movie. It's quite a cute and difficult-to-dislike flick, and one that's easy to warm up to, but there's just not enough there to push it into "great job!" country. It's absolutely worthy of a rental (at the very least), plus the supplemental material is pretty darn impressive. Plus, I can't lie, the leading ladies are really, really hot. All five of 'em.
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